Strong earthquake jolts central Japan

Quake with preliminary magnitude of 5.3 centered 320 km southwest of Tokyo; no immediate reports of injuries; no danger of tsunami.

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A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 jolted central Japan Sunday, but there was no danger of a tsunami, the Meteorological Agency said. The 12:19 p.m. quake was centered in Mie Prefecture (state), about 320 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, and about 10 kilometers underground, the agency said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, according to prefectural (state) police in Mie, one of the areas where the shaking was most strongly felt. The temblor, however, did not cause objects to fall from desktops or shelves, a police official in Mie said. Kyodo News agency said local trains were temporarily stopped for safety checks. In March, a magnitude 6.9 quake in northwestern Japan killed one and injured more than 200 people. Japan sits atop four tectonic plates and is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world